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Sixty individuals given medals for meritorious services to the community and country


The Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio invested more than 60 individuals in the Orders of Papua New Guinea 2015 New Year’s Honours List.

The investiture ceremony was held at the Government House on May 2015.

It was in honour of the valuable contributions made by individuals towards national development in the public and private sectors, sports, religion, disciplinary force, education, health and foreign relations, among others.

The highest award in the Orders of Papua New Guinea was bestowed on Most Reverend Cesare Bonivento for service to the community and the Catholic Church as a PIME missionary priest serving the people of Milne Bay and the Sandaun provinces for 40 years and in the last 22 years as Bishop of Vanimo and through active promotion of human dignity and freedom.

The Most Reverend Cesare Bonivento was awarded the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu with the title “Chief”.

Other notable recipients were: Dr. Glenn Mola who was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Star of Melanesia (CSM), for service to health care and community as a medical specialist and to the University of Papua New Guinea as Profession of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Another notable one in the area of sports was Ms. Dika Toua.

She was awarded Member of the Order of Logohu (M.L) for service to sports and for winning gold in weightlifting at the Glasgow Olympic games and Mr. Michikazu Jyogataki who received the Member of the Order of Logohu for distinguished service over forty years as a staff member of the Papua New Guinea Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

Members of the disciplinary force, Police and Military, were also recognized for their contributions in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List. They include former Department of Defence Secretary John Porti, Colonel.

Joseph Fabila and Lt. Col. Steven McConnel, for service to the Australia-Papua New Guinea defence relations. They were awarded Distinguished Military Service Medals.

Ms. Mary Miul and Mr. Toua Kukuna led a list of outstanding Police personnel who received the Distinguished Police Service Medal.

The Orders of Papua New Guinea is the country’s national honours and awards system that recognizes and awards individuals for selfless and distinguished service in both the public and private sectors.

The order of precedence of the different levels of the Orders is Cross of Valour (CV), Grand Companion of Logohu (GCL), Companion of the Star of Melanesia (CSM), Officer of Logohu (OL), Member of Logohu (ML), National Logohu Medal (ML), Cross of Medical Service Medal (CMS), Distinguished Military Service Medal (DMS), Distinguished Police Service Medal (DPS), Distinguished Correctional Service Medal (DCS), Meritorious Emergency Service Medal (MES), Meritorious Public Service Medal (MPS), Meritorious Community Service Medal (MCS) and Commendation Medal for Valuable Service (CVS).

The Orders of Papua New Guinea was formally established on 23rd August 2005 by the authority of the Queen and Head of State of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen is the Sovereign Head of the Orders of Papua New Guinea. Her representative, the Governor General is the Chancellor of the Orders of Papua New Guinea and Principle Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu.

As Chancellor of The Orders, the Governor General is bestowed the title of “Grand Chief”. In addition, the award of Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu, conferred with the title of “Grand Chief” is limited to a citizen, a living person, for a most distinguished and unique service to Papua New Guinea- this honour has been bestowed on the “Father of the Nation” Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

To all other recipients, the award of the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu is conferred with the title of “Chief”.


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